Well, after what feels like years (it’s really only been months), Olivier Giroud to Inter could very well be on the verge of being completed.
That’s what RMC Sport in France are reporting on Wednesday, claiming the player’s agent, Michael Manuello, is now expected to travel to Milan on Thursday in order to finalise the operation.
The striker, who has struggled for game time under Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge this season, is expected to sign a two and a half year contract with the Serie A club, where he will be reunited with Antonio Conte.
The Inter manager was the one who initially signed him at Chelsea when he was facing similar woes at Arsenal, and Giroud is now expected to provide competition (and most likely backup) to Romelu Lukaku at the San Siro.
🇮🇹 #Mercato D'après nos informations, le conseiller de Giroud, Michael Manuello, est attendu demain à Milan pour finaliser l’opération. Le champion du monde s’engagera pour deux saisons et demi avec le club d’Antonio Conte.
— RMC Sport (@RMCsport) January 15, 2020
It’s also revealed that a deal between the two clubs has yet to be fully agreed, but they are getting closer to a €6.5m (bonuses included) deal for the Frenchman, who will sign his contract at the weekend.
For Chelsea, it’s a fairly large salary off the wage bill and Giroud will hopefully now get the game time needed to convince Didier Deschamps he should be picked for the 2020 Euros this summer.